VALLEY CITY, Ohio, Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Shiloh Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: SHLO) today announced it has acquired Contech Castings, a leading provider of high-pressure aluminum die cast parts for the automotive industry. The purchase adds significant capacity and depth to Shiloh's existing high-pressure, high-vacuum casting capabilities with the addition of P2000™ squeeze casting, ThinTech® vacuum casting, and high-pressure conventional die casting.
"One of the necessary advancements for removing weight from vehicles is going to come through increased optimization of aluminum components, which is driving demand for high-pressure, high-vacuum casting and structural squeeze cast components," said Ramzi Hermiz, president and chief executive officer, Shiloh Industries, Inc. "As a leader in this segment of the industry, it made sense for us to strengthen our technology and add capacity with the addition of Contech to further enhance Shiloh's position."
As automakers face pressures to meet the federally mandated fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, low-weight aluminum is quickly becoming part of the lightweighting solution. For every 10 percent reduction in vehicle weight, there is a 5 to 7 percent reduction in fuel consumption.
Shiloh provides design, engineering and manufacturing of first operation blanks, engineered welded blanks, complex stampings, modular assemblies and highly engineered aluminum die casting and machined components serving the body-in-white, chassis, emission, powertrain, structural and seating needs of OEM and Tier 1 customers. The acquisition of Contech Castings allows Shiloh to offer more options in casting technologies, and Contech's four locations in Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee are in close proximity to its customers, allowing Shiloh to provide greater value and support."From stamping to laser welding and now expansion of advanced aluminum casting, Shiloh is committed to offering technologies that meet our customers' needs," said Hermiz. "This acquisition creates a unique, deep and talented team of experts that offer new solutions for lightweighting challenges." This is Shiloh's latest move in a history of adding new process capabilities that follow the company's key tenets of leading with technology and innovation, achieving sustainable, global, profitable growth and acting with a sense of purpose and speed. About Shiloh Industries, Inc. Headquartered in Valley City, Ohio, Shiloh Industries is a leading provider of lightweighting and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) solutions to automotive, commercial vehicle and other industrial markets. Shiloh delivers these solutions through design, engineering and manufacturing of first operation blanks, engineered welded blanks, complex stampings, modular assemblies and highly engineered aluminum die casting and machined components serving the body-in-white, emission, powertrain, structural and seating needs of OEM and Tier 1 customers. The company has multiple locations across North America, including in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Mexico, and has approximately 1,770 employees. Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements made by Shiloh Industries, Inc. in this release and other periodic oral and written statements, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, regarding the Company's operating performance, events or developments that the Company believes or expects to occur in the future, including those that discuss strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters, or which relate to future sales, earnings expectations, cost savings, awarded sales, volume growth, earnings or general belief in the Company's expectations of future operating results are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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